Life After Beth Fails To Inject New Life Into The "Zombie Comedy" Genre

At this point, "zombie comedy" has become a movie genre in its own right, thanks to films like Shaun of the Dead and Fido. And the latest addition is Life After Beth, about a young man whose dead girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back. Alas, Beth is not quite funny enough, or clever enough, to stand out from the zombie… » 8/14/14 1:40pm 8/14/14 1:40pm

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Fails In Every Possible Way

It's not enough to say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is kind of a lousy movie. You want to be able to draw some kind of lesson from its crapness, or at least pick through the debris for some hint of what it could have been. To that end, here are all the ways that TMNT 2014 fails. » 8/08/14 9:00am 8/08/14 9:00am

Solar Disaster Movie Cat. 8 Makes The Core Look Like 2001

Last week, NASA announced that in 2012 the Earth narrowly avoided being hit by the largest solar coronal mass ejection recorded since before electric power grids and telecommunication satellites were a thing. Fortunately or unfortunately, along with the rest of civilization, the solar crisis duology Cat. 8 » 8/05/14 7:00pm 8/05/14 7:00pm

Watching Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Like Getting Back Part Of Your Soul

Guardians of the Galaxy isn't just one of the year's best movies. It's also a really interesting experiment with form — it blends hilarious comedy, utterly sincere classic-rock corniness, and massive hold-onto-yourself cosmic adventure. The result might make you look at classic adventures a new way. NO SPOILERS… » 8/01/14 9:00am 8/01/14 9:00am

Cinema in Vane: Reviewing the Z-List Disaster Movie Weather Wars

It's killing season in Washington, and no monument is safe. After a climate scientist loses his funding and then his mind, a senator is in a fight for his life after the jilted whiz creates a device that controls the weather. This 2011 made-for-TV movie is...something, for sure, and I watched it so you don't have to. » 7/24/14 2:23am 7/24/14 2:23am

I Origins Shows That The Science Vs. Spirituality Debate Is Played Out

Writer-director Mike Cahill made an impression with Another Earth, which used a science-fiction premise as the backdrop for a personal story. In his second feature, I Origins, the science-fictional premise is front and center — and you can see the downside of trying to tell a personal story about huge science-fiction… » 7/18/14 2:30pm 7/18/14 2:30pm

The Purge: Anarchy Is Basically Idiocracy, Starring The Punisher

In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher. » 7/18/14 9:00am 7/18/14 9:00am

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is the Most Upsetting Dystopia of All

Three years ago, audiences were blown away by Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a smart reimagining of the Apes franchise for the biotech age. Now ape protagonist Caesar is back in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where humanity has been decimated by a plague and the planet's future is the grimmest you've ever seen. » 7/11/14 10:35am 7/11/14 10:35am

The Infinite Man Is A Skillfully Amusing Time-Travel Romance

The Infinite Man is an unusual comedy, which follows the complicated mishaps which occur when the jilted and love-struck scientist, Dean (Josh McConville), invents a time machine and travels back to the day he broke up with his girlfriend, Lana (Hannah Marshall). How many paradoxes can love withstand? » 7/04/14 4:00pm 7/04/14 4:00pm

In Deliver Us From Evil, Male Bonding Is The Best Defense Against Satan

Deliver Us From Evil is a pretty run-of-the-mill possession horror film. But it has one thing going for it: The bromance between a lapsed-Catholic cop (Eric Bana) and an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez). This lets the film occasionally get into themes of masculine vulnerability, and the craving for forgiveness. » 7/02/14 12:07pm 7/02/14 12:07pm

Earth To Echo Makes Those Old-School Spielberg Films Feel New Again

The influence of classic Spielberg movies is all over Earth to Echo. The plot is lifted from E.T., but the movie also borrows heavily from Goonies and other 80s movies about kids hanging out. But stylistically, this movie borrows nothing. In fact, it shows how to conjure the "80s kid movie" vibe without wallowing in… » 7/02/14 9:00am 7/02/14 9:00am